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Home Living : February 9th 2010
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Dishing up trends » ADVERTISING FEATURE Each decade is defined by its style. Here are the top five trends set to make kitchens sizzle this year: Sustainability Freedom Kitchens' Susan Hasler says the overall idea is to make the kitchen ''effortlessly eco-friendly so that being green isn't a sacrifice, it's just an easy part of your everyday life''. ''Adding a bin system with a built-in recycling compartment or selecting taps with flip handles to reduce water wastage are simple tips that make a difference,'' she says. If you're installing a dishwasher, ask about the energy and water rating. For cooking appliances, consider ovens with quick-heat settings. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are currently the brightest low-energy option for lights and a great alternative to halogens. Colour Vibrant tiles, glass splashbacks and painted feature walls add a focal point in the kitchen. This year, deep colours like violet are cutting-edge and look stunning when paired with stainless-steel and glass finishes. ''Combine with white walls and sleek white cabinetry for a sophisticated designer kitchen,'' Ms Hasler suggests. For those tending toward more subdued tones, expect to see greys and charcoals with cool metallics keeping the look fresh and providing eye-catching contrast. Blending textures in the kitchen is a popular trend, such as combining a deep, rich walnut timber grain with high-gloss cabinets. Functionality Householders demand more than just good looks in their kitchen -- it's also got to work efficiently. Design concepts such as deeper, wider drawers save space and allow for easy access, while the metal runners and silent soft-close systems deliver added strength and durability. ''Pull-out baskets and shelves are a brilliant way to increase usable space and keep pantries organised,'' Ms Hasler says. ''Creating dedicated storage areas for spices and cleaning products help reduce clutter.'' The entertainer's kitchen Today's kitchen sees cooking, dining and chill-out zones integrated to create relaxed spaces in which to connect with family and friends. ''The kitchen is being reinvented as the second living room,'' Ms Hasler says. ''We're starting to see people choose interesting furniture pieces for their kitchen rather than worrying about the practicality of the traditional work triangle.'' Handle-free units and high-gloss cabinetry in open-plan kitchens integrate well with adjacent rooms while counter tops with different thicknesses inject a dynamic designer look into the kitchen. The chef's kitchen Cooking is on the rise thanks to television shows such as Celebrity Chef and Masterchef. ''People are spending more time in the kitchen so benchtops that can handle a lot of wear and tear need to be considered," Ms Hasler says. Details: freedomkitchens.com.au or visit a showroom. Book an obligation-free consultation on 1300 885 435. HOMELIVING Revitalise Your Tiles & Hard Surfaces! The great thing about tiles is that they outlast many other floor coverings. Unfortunately, over time, dirt can become ingrained in the tiles and grout joints, which can be very hard to remove by home owners. At Tile Cleaning Solutions, we have a way of cleaning that "hard to remove" dirt from tiles. The process we use utilises hot water at high pressure to remove all the in-ground dirt and oils from the tiles and grout joints. A powerful vacuum simultaneously removes the water and dirt from the floor, leaving it totally clean, just like the first day the tiles were installed. It sounds messy...it isn't. Because all the cleaning is completed in a dome that is attached to the floor, there is no mess or overspray. We can clean and/or seal all internal and external tiles, pavers, stone surfaces, stencilcrete, stencilled & concrete driveways. MINOR REPAIRS ALSO DONE BY A QUALIFIED TILER. To book in a quote or demonstration call 0401 925 090 or 0419 227 514 Tile Cleaning Solutions 2031935i hln wk33 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C BEAT THE HEAT WITH OUR SUMMER SPECIALS 2282858i hln wk24 Internal Shutters · Motorised Blinds · Blockout Blinds · Roman Blinds · Sunscreen Blinds and more... WIDEST RANGE AVAILABLE · INTERNAL & EXTERNAL TIMBER & ALUMINIUM Blinds &Shutters Give your windows and doors a new look. We will come to your home and work with you to find the best solution and design to meet your needs. Phone Yvette or Kris Burbage today for a free measure and quote on 9624 7767. Visit our website www.boomerangblinds.com.au
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